setup We’ve had some nice flying days. The photo is launch starting to fill up with gliders as pilots are waiting to launch. It’s funny how quickly Spring changes things. The trees in the back ground are full and green now. In fact the whole mountain is amazingly green. Below is Keith Bien’s flight report of his flight on Sunday… The day was showing all the signs of a possible “wonder wind”. I had some daddy duty so I wasn’t going to be able to fly until later in the day anyway. A few pilots had gotten up earlier, but it was L&V with light lift throughout the day. I didn’t get up to launch until about 6pm and even then I stalled for time slowly setting up my glider and helping with launches. I knew that if it was going to “wonder”, chances were better the longer we waited. The wind did pick up in cycles but it wasn’t until about 6:30 that one pilot was able to stick above ridge. It was marginal at best and a few other pilots launched and sunk-out. It was almost 7pm when a tandem flew by launch from aero-tow and looked as if they were getting lift around the ridge. The lift band was getting wider and it looked like we were going to get a “wonder wind”. I suited up and waited as long as I could for a stronger cycle. The ridge wasn’t really on yet. I made a few low passes in front of launch and caught some light lift that I maintained for five or ten minutes before it was organized enough to turn 360′s in. I soon got above ridge up to about 1500 over. Other pilots were right in behind me and it just got better and better. At one point I went out in the valley all the way over the LZ and lost only about 300 feet in the round trip. The “wonder wind” was on. It was “glassy” and nearly everyone had good flights and easy landings for the rest of the evening. I made a trip up north to Stidman’s Gap, but it didn’t feel like a Point day. Strong mid-day thermal soaring is awesome, but sometimes a boaty “wonder wind” is just what a body needs. Keith Bien

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